Racial Justice – Renamed to Civic Engagement Program


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✅ Are you passionate about racial and gender justice?

✅ Are you interested in developing your grassroots organizing skills to advance the issues you care about?

✅ Are you looking to build powerful community with other young leaders, organizers and advocates?

Apply to become a member of the YWCA Racial Justice Advocacy Cohort, Fall 2021 TODAY!

*Accepting applications through September 1st, 2021, share with your networks!

About the YWCA Racial Justice Advocacy Program:

At the YWCA, our vision is to support young leaders to develop the tools and resources they need to advocate for themselves, and to build collective power in our communities. To fulfill the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, it is critical that we are working to center and follow the leadership of Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and Communities of Color (QTBI&POC). By uplifting the legislative priorities and amplifying the voices of those most impacted, we can more meaningfully engage in the struggle for access, equity, and collective liberation.

Fall 2021 Semester Overview:

The Racial Justice Advocacy Program will meet weekly for 1.5 to 2 hours over the course of 14 weeks with hybrid online and in-person options (weekly meeting will take place between Monday and Wednesday, 9am – 6pm, day and time TBD based on applicant’s availability). Together, we will demystify the legislative process, and will explore how grassroots movement combined with policy can be used as a tool for racial justice and collective liberation. We will engage in political education sessions and workshops centered around the issues and topics that program members identify they are impacted by and/or passionate about, to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the history of white supremacy and systemic racism in the United States, as well as liberation movements and initiatives led by Black, Indigenous, Native, Queer, & Trans Communities of Color. We will work to deepen our leadership and advocacy skills through relationship building, political education centering a popular-education model, legislative advocacy, community engagement, and connecting with local movements that align with the Movement for Black Lives for monthly “Learning In Action” volunteer projects that will take place outside of our weekly meetings.

About Learning In Action Monthly Volunteer Projects: In addition to our weekly hybrid program meetings, a cornerstone of our work in the Racial Justice Advocacy Program is community-based engagement and action. Program members will commit to volunteering a minimum of 2 hours per month with our Community Partners and Collaborators. We see this as a vital component of our work in moving from learning towards action, in deepening our individual and collective skills, as well as relationships with our local Berkeley/Oakland community.

To learn more about the Fall 2021 Racial Justice Advocacy Program, check out our Learning In Action Guide (still in the works)!

We work interactively to be a part of our larger national campaigns like
Week Without Violence and Stand Against Racism.

Get Access to the Spring 2021 7th Annual Stand Against Racism Recordings

If you were an attendee or a YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Member: email the Program Director at Racialjustice@ywca-berkeley.org for the password.

If you’d like to become a YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Member visit our Membership Page to get access to the recordings.

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+ Note saying “SAR Campaign 2021”

+ Email address for us to thank you 

**Our use of “girls” and “women” is inclusive of all cis and trans women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender queer, and any female-identified folks.

Download application here for the Racial Justice Program Fall 2021

For more information call (510) 848-6370 or e-mail the program director at racialjustice@ywca-berkeley.org.

NEW! Check out our YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Racial Justice & Advocacy Fall 2020 Calls to Action Guide HERE!